From the New York Times: First the percussive sounds of sniper fire and the thrill of the kill. Then the gospel of peace. Some churches have rented more TVs for Halo nights. Across the country, hundreds of ministers and pastors desperate to reach young congregants have drawn concern and criticism through their use of an unusual recruiting tool: the immersive and violent video game Halo. The latest iteration of the immensely popular space epic, Halo 3, was released nearly two weeks ago by Microsoft and has already passed $300 million in sales. Those buying it must be 17 years old, given it is rated M for mature audiences. But that has not prevented leaders at churches and youth centers across Protestant denominations, including evangelical churches that have cautioned against violent entertainment, from holding heavily attended Halo nights and stocking their centers with multiple game consoles so dozens of teenagers can flock around big-screen televisions and shoot it out. (read the entire article)
The other side of the coin.
Ask your friends if they believe there is a real cosmic battle being waged between good and evil. Ask them how they explain the reality of evil in the world. How did it get here? Share what you believe about this battle. For help explaining this, check out the GOSPEL Journey. – There’s lots of death and destruction in the realm of Halo. Use this as an opportunity to ask your friends about what they think happens when we die. After you hear their opinion, ask them if you can share what you believe based on what the Bible has to say on this topic. – Everyone loves heroes who rescue others from destruction. Ask your friends who their real-life heroes are. Ask them if they’ve ever thought of Jesus as heroic. Perhaps you’ll be surprised at what they say. Explain why you think Jesus is heroic. (read the entire article)